President Joe Biden has promised that every American adult who wants the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to receive it by the end of May.
“Two of the largest health care and pharmaceutical companies in the world that are usually competitors are working together on the vaccine,” Biden said in a White House address Tuesday.
More states, from Kentucky to Mississippi to Michigan, are also beginning to significantly ease capacity restrictions on businesses. Texas is even doing away with its mask mandate entirely.
So with all adult Americans soon getting an opportunity to be vaccinated and most states beginning to go back to business … well, why bother with a stimulus? That was the question that OutKick founder Clay Travis asked on Tuesday.
“If the Biden administration is now saying every American who wants a vaccine will be vaccinated by May 31st and all the states with sane governors will be fully open by the end of March, why in the world do we need a $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus?” Travis tweeted. “Just open the country back up.”
Biden said in his address that his administration is directing states to prioritize vaccinating teachers and other school staff members, as well as childcare workers — an obvious effort to make sure kids are back in the classroom, as opposed to learning virtually.
In other words, the plan is for businesses to open, teachers to get back to work in full force, and the dollars to start really flowing again. So what’s with the $1.9 trillion stimulus?
Yeah. Good question.